Embattled Nairobi Governor Mike
Sonko is back in the limelight on a positive note with international honours,
in a remarkable break from his recent humiliating arrest and arraignment over
Sonko, who was released on Sh15 million cash bail, has bagged an international award in recognition of his efforts to make the world a better place.
He got the prestigious World Peace Messenger award from the World Peace and Diplomacy Organisation in Los Angeles, USA. The event also saw another Kenyan, Betty Adera, awarded as a humanitarian global icon. She collected Sonko’s award for him.
The Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) dragged the suspended governor to court over procurement fraud amounting to Ksh370 million.
Sonko faces 19 counts of graft. There is also a pending assault case in a Voi court, which was put off to January 21.
He suffered a stinging blow a few days ago when the Court of Appeal upheld High Court Judge Mumbi Ngugi’s ruling that governors and other public officials facing graft charges must stay away from their offices until they are cleared.
His Instagram post today read:
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Sonko honored yet again in World Humanitarian Awards, 2019 NAIROBI, December 24, 2019, GPS Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko has yet again bagged another international award owing to his efforts to make the world a better place. Sonko was given the prestigious World Peace Messenger award by the World Peace and Diplomacy Organization in Los Angeles, USA at a colorful event that also saw Kenyan Betty Adera awarded as a Humanitarian and Global icon. The honorary position means that Sonko is now entitled to the confidence and trust of members of the US based organisation, and will join the rest of African appointees in similar position in spearheading peace and humanitarian initiatives across the continent. Sonko was awarded for his efforts in reaching out to the poor in society and his commitment to reform youths associated with criminal groups. The governor has himself confessed to be a reformed citizen, having spent time in prison for criminal related activities. His transformation has seen him grow into an astute businessman, a political leader and a father of many adopted children. While receiving the award, Sonko spoke of his pride in his achievements in life, especially on matters touching the needy and initiatives to reform criminal youth gangs. The award was picked on his behalf by Mrs Adera who also bagged the Humanitarian and Global Icon award. “I am so humbled and gratified to have been recognised at such a high level but this can only make me proud of the bold steps l have made in my life,” he said. He promised to continue with his humanitarian activities and the campaign to rehabilitate youths from the street life as well as encourage youths to shun criminal activities. “Having had a past that is challenging, many youths doing some of these evils approach me for possible solutions on how they can be better citizens and we have helped them get the right counseling and rehabilitation and some have grown into reliable business men in society,” Sonko added. He noted that all these contribute to a peaceful society that is good for all. “Sometimes these efforts may not be recognised locally but we keep trying and helping where we can,” he noted.
“Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko has yet again bagged another international award owing to his efforts to make the world a better place.”
The US-based organisation expects Sonko to join other award recipients in Africa to spearhead peace and humanitarian initiatives across the continent.
Sonko was awarded for reaching out to the poor in society and his commitment to reforming youth associated with criminal groups.
The governor has several times confessed that he is a reformed citizen, having served time in jail for crime.